Brazilian Football Culture: Slangs and Expressions

Posted on May 22nd, 2017 by Mark Taylor

By Pedro Souza May 22, 2017 Football plays an important part in Brazilian culture and life. This can be observed in the kids playing a match in the streets, in the television in the bar displaying a game and when cities erupt in cheers and fireworks when a famous team scores a goal. Being as […]

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Supermarket Queues

Posted on March 27th, 2017 by Teresa Cristina

By Teresa Cristina March 27, 2017 The topic of queing in supermarkets is dear to my heart, since I find it so, so annoying – and yes, I am a Brazillian who can not stand this. I thought it would be helpful to write about it, to set expectations for foreigners shopping at supermarkets around […]

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The Gaucho Way of Barbecuing

Posted on December 27th, 2016 by Pedro Souza

By Pedro Souza December 27th, 2016 Everyone that has come to Brazil knows how delicious Brazilian food is. Few things are as satisfying as a big plate of rice, beans and farofa complete with a large steak. Among a wide array of dishes and foods, the gaucho-style barbecue known locally as “churrasco” stands out as […]

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Understanding Healthcare in Brazil

Posted on December 27th, 2016 by Pedro Souza

By Pedro Souza December 27th, 2016 If you are planning on living in Brazil, it is essential that you understand how the healthcare system works here. The country offers a free Unified Health System funded by the government and known locally as SUS (Sistema Ùnico de Saúde). Hospitals that are covered by this system are […]

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The History of Cachaça

Posted on November 26th, 2016 by Pedro Souza

By Pedro Souza November 26th, 2016 Most foreigners have only come to know cachaça as a component of caipirinha, a Brazilian cocktail that has become popular worldwide. Yet, it is a drink widely appreciated in Brazil, most often drank pure. The cachaça is a distilled spirit made with sugarcane juice, with an alcohol content usually […]

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Amazonas Slangs and Expressions

Posted on October 30th, 2016 by Pedro Souza

By Pedro Souza October 30th, 2016 The state of Amazonas is located in the northwest of Brazil, and is in large part occupied by the amazon rainforest. Like in every other state, locals have developed unique slangs and expressions. If you ever plan on going there, you might as well become familiar with these expressions […]

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A Short History of Brazilian Funk

Posted on October 4th, 2016 by Pedro Souza

By Pedro Souza October 2nd, 2016 For most people, the word “funk” brings to mind the groovy rhythms played by the likes of James Brown, Rick James and Herbie Hancock. Brazilian funk however, bears little resemblance to its American counterpart. Born in the eighties in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian funk was heavily […]

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Brazil: Tropicália – The Colourful Revolution

Posted on August 29th, 2016 by Pedro Souza

By Pedro Souza August 29th, 2016 The sixties in Brazil were marked by the beginning of a bloody dictatorship, which started in 1964 and went all the way from 1985. The repression didn’t affect only communists and other leftists, but it also arrested and tortured many artists from all different fields. Yet, one of the […]

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Brazil: Slangs and Expressions from Bahia

Posted on August 2nd, 2016 by Pedro Souza

By Pedro Souza August 2nd, 2016 With its dazzling beaches, rich cultural heritage and warm people, the state of Bahia is one of the main travelling destinations in Brazil. If you plan to visit it and see for yourself what the hype is all about, it might be a good idea to get acquainted with […]

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Brazil: Slangs and Expressions from Rio de Janeiro

Posted on June 26th, 2016 by Pedro Souza

By Pedro Souza June 26, 2016 Most Brazilians are somewhat familiar with the carioca accent and expressions. Foreigners however, might have some trouble with the vocabulary used by cariocas in their daily life. To help you, we have compiled some common slangs and expressions you will be hearing in Rio de Janeiro. Mermão (shortened version […]

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